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Generally Speaking: An Invitation to Concept-Driven Sociology

Eviatar Zerubavel


Defying the conventional split between “theory” and “methodology,” this book introduces a yet unarticulated and thus far never systematized method of theorizing designed to reveal abstract social patterns. Insisting that such methodology can actually be taught, it tries to make the mental processes underlying the practice of a “concept-driven sociology” more explicit. Many sociologists tend to study the specific, often at the expense of also studying the generic. To correct this imbalance, the book examines the theoretico-methodological process by which we can “distill” generic social patterns ... More

Keywords: concept-driven sociology, generic theorizing, social patterns, transcontextual theorizing, analogy, multicontextual data, form versus substance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197519271
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197519271.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eviatar Zerubavel, author
Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University

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